Over the last few years, we have enjoyed the company and welcomed the contributions made by our social work interns from Germany.
The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme has been instrumental in enabling these internships. Bridges Project hosted workers who want to improve their practice and students who are keen to experience a placement in Scotland. One of our partners is The Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW). It is a prestigious institution of higher education with campuses throughout the state of Baden-Württemberg. It offers dual-education bachelor’s-degree programs in cooperation with industry and non-profit institutions in the social work field. https://www.dhbw-stuttgart.de/zielgruppen/international-visitors/study-programmes/school-of-social-work/
Our interns from DHBW have a hectic rotation of work in their chosen social work field and study at the DHBW campus in Stuttgart. They have the option, with permission from their employers, to experience three months of working abroad with cooperation partners. Our DHBW interns have come from very different working environments – criminal justice, mental health, social integration and early years. Jessie is the latest intern from DHBW. She arrived amidst the confusion of ‘Brexit’ and departs amidst… the confusion of ‘Brexit’. Like her DHBW predecessors – Kim, Lilli and Arlene – Jessie has made a real contribution to our work with young people and has taken advantage of Scotland’s natural bounty, architectural and cultural heritage. We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting her and hope that she leaves Scotland with a good impression and fond memories. Here is her short reflection – My Time at Bridges Project .